Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) did not mince words after the Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, had resigned effective Friday.
President Donald Trump first announced his resignation in a tweet.
…on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2018
Pruitt’s letter of resignation was released shortly after. It reads, in part:
“That is why is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”
In response to the news, Connolly had this to say: “Scott Pruitt’s reign of venality is finally over. He made swamp creatures blush with his shameless excesses. All tolerated because Trump liked his zealotry. Shame.”
Scott Pruitt's reign of venality is finally over. He made swamp creatures blush with his shameless excesses. All tolerated because Trump liked his zealotry. Shame.
— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) July 5, 2018
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) also took to Twitter to wish Pruitt “Good riddance.”
Corrupt EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt GONE. Good riddance (and make sure to fly coach on the way back to Oklahoma)
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) July 5, 2018
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was also not sad to see Pruitt go.
Let’s make sure the P stands for Protection again at the #EPA. The agency #Pruitt leaves behind should be designated a Superfund site — what a mess he made for America. The next leader’s top priority must be ensuring every family can breathe clean air and drink clean water.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 5, 2018
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